CRIMARIO to commence its activities
Now that the CRIMARIO Inception Phase is drawing to a close, the Team will be forwarding its report to the European Commission together with a consolidated Action Plan of proposed activities with a focus on enabling beneficiary partners improve maritime governance in the Western Indian Ocean, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
The proposed actions will support the project to implement its over-arching objective of enhancing maritime security and safety through cross-sectoral, inter-agency and cross-regional cooperation, in line with the newly adopted European Union Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific that was announced on 19 April 2021.
Though the project is still in its Inception Phase, activities commenced in April through a series of introductory webinars for maritime security policy-makers and managers of maritime operations centres with interests in the Western Indian Ocean. A second and third series of similar webinars shall be organised for South and Southeast Asian audiences respectively, in due course. The feedback gathered during these webinars allowed the Team to refine its Inception Phase Report and draft Action Plan. In the meantime, the IORIS platform remains well established in the region, attracting more and more users to the IORIS Hub.
Engaging with beneficiary partners CRIMARIO II has started discussions with a number of countries, with a view to defining cooperative actions in the areas of maritime domain awareness and law enforcement. Several video-conferences were held with Comoros, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, in most cases through an inter-agency format. For more information, click on the following link: CRIMARIO II Social Networks.
IORIS training programme As IORIS users continue to increase at the national and regional level, a comprehensive training program has been put into action, starting with the recruitment and training of a pool of instructors. Coupled to this, the team is also finalising a full training package, including video tutorials in three languages and a user guides. For more information on IORIS, click on the following link: IORIS Platform.
Coordinating with collaborative partners The project much depends on collaborative efforts to implement its programme, complementing and/or combining initiatives with partners where-ever feasible. During this first quarter, the project organised presentations and discussions with four groups of collaborative partners as follows: EU entities including France with ALPACI and ALINDIEN, the Netherlands and ESIWA; regional and international organisations including the IOC and UNODC-GMCP; and non-EU partner countries including Japan, Singapore (IFC) and the USA. CRIMARIO II will continue to upscale dialogue with the aim of supporting the creation of a single information-sharing environment, stretching across the Indo-Pacific region.